Yeovil Town midfielder Albi Skendi has described signing a full time contract with Yeovil Town as a dream of his, having spent his entire career playing part time football. The Albanian has penned a one year contract with the Glovers at the age of 25 years old, having had a career that has seen him playing for Banbury United, Oxford City and Stratford Town as well as a trio of American sides.
Stratford changed first team management over the summer, with former Darlington manager Tommy Wright coming in as their boss. As such Skendi didn't play under the new boss, and so reserved his praise for current backroom duo Paul Davis and Steve Walker who worked with him during the 2018-19 season. He also had positive words for Stratford Town owner Jed McCrory who he felt had influenced his career:
"I'm so happy to be signing for Yeovil Town, it's been a dream of mine and for it to actually happen just shows that hard work pays off. I want to thank Stratford Town for giving me the platform to showcase and express myself whilst playing for them. I want to thank (Stratford Town owner) Jed McCrory for always believing in me from a kid and standing by me and advising me to get to this level to (Stratford first team coach) Paul Davis and (Stratford assistant manager) Steve Walker for improving me as a player."
Skendi has had a history of playing for clubs under McCrory, having been on Banbury's and Stratford's books under his ownership. The midfielder also had trials for Swindon Town whilst McCrory was the owner of the County Ground side. He had praise for Stratford's set-up under the current owner, and recommended them to any aspiring footballer:
"I would also like to strongly recommend any aspiring footballer to not give up and go and play for Stratford Town FC who will aid the progression into full-time football as the board and management team have fully supported myself and my family. With Jed at the club every aspiring player will always have a chance of improving and moving on to a full-time club. I cannot put into words what he has done to support me and other players. I want to thank my family and friends who have supported me during this journey, now it's my time to repay the favour to them by having an amazing season and get Yeovil back to league football where they belong."
Yeovil Town paid an undisclosed fee for Skendi, with the Southern League Premier Division Central side indicating that they agreed for the Glovers to travel to Knights Lane for pre-season friendlies over the next couple of seasons.
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